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Queen Elizabeth II scopes out the Iron Throne

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited the Game of Thrones set—and considered adding another realm to her domain.


Ned Donovan

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Posted on Jun 24, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 2:08 am CDT

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II considered adding another realm to the 16 she already has. Visiting the interior sets of the popular series Game of Thrones at the Paint Hall Studios, the queen took a look at the infamous Iron Throne.

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While the Internet as a whole clamored for Her Majesty to take a seat, the 88-year-old monarch decided not to. (If she had, however, it might have looked like this.)

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The actors and crew behind Game of Thrones seemed pleased with the royal visit—everyone, that is, except the policeman behind the queen in this photo.


Windsor Is Coming? RT @skybod Queen visits Game of Thrones set – what’s the headline? #GoT #GameOfThrones

— Jamie Wood (@JamieWood_Sky) June 24, 2014

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams says having the Queen on set will be ‘awfully strange’

— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) June 24, 2014

Queen Elizabeth better sit down. This is the most I’ve given a damn about English royalty in…well, forever.

— Tucker Ives (@tives) June 24, 2014

Giant Queen terrorises Westeros, rips Iron Throne from keep, demands dragons #QueenOfThrones

— David Wyllie (@journodave) June 24, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II is the ruler Westeros deserves.

— Mashable Watercooler (@watercooler) June 24, 2014

The queen did not reveal if she and the Duke of Edinburgh were fans of Game of Thrones. But if anyone could bring peace to the Seven Kingdoms, it’s her.

Screenshot via Sky News

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*First Published: Jun 24, 2014, 9:14 am CDT